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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BROWNISH

It has a brownish color and its spores are quite oblong, 8–94–5.

The flesh is yellowish, changing to reddish or brownish when bruised.

The pileus is smooth, at first incurved, brownish or purple.

The pileus is creamy, with brownish spots, firm, surface dry.

The bright summer foliage turns to a brownish color in winter.

It is of a brownish colour spotted with white, especially about the head.

Figure 119 represents the Hæmatopinus vituli, which is brownish in color.

The fur of the viscacha is not so pretty, being of a brownish and white mixture.

Over the mantelpiece was the brownish picture of the white horse.

Before it crouched a small, brownish animal with a bulging head.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English brun "dark, dusky," developing a definite color sense only 13c., from Proto-Germanic *brunaz (cf. Old Norse brunn, Danish brun, Old Frisian and Old High German brun, Dutch bruin, German braun), from PIE *bher- (3) "shining, brown" (cf. Lithuanian beras "brown"), related to *bheros "dark animal" (cf. beaver, bear (n.), and Greek phrynos "toad," literally "the brown animal").

The Old English word also had a sense of "brightness, shining," preserved only in burnish. The Germanic word was adopted into Romanic (e.g. Middle Latin brunus, Italian and Spanish bruno, French brun). Brown Bess, slang name for old British Army flintlock musket, first recorded 1785.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BROWNISH

bronze

adjectivecoppery-brown color
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